Yosemite National Park is only a short drive from Fresno and a great day trip during your stay in Fresno County. The park has more than 200 trails for visitors to explore, including trails for beginning hikers or for those more interested in views than strenuous exorcise. Here is a list of easy or slightly moderate hiking trails to enjoy during your visit. 

Note: Yosemite requires reservations to enter the park from April through October. For more information, click here.

Glacier Point Trail - Easy

Glacier Point Trail is a 0.6-mile loop trail that offers a panoramic view of Yosemite Valley. The trail is a popular walking trail for visitors and there are rocks to sit and enjoy the view of Half Dome and the Valley. While the scenery is gorgeous at any time of day, many hikers love doing this trail at sunset. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. 

Lower Yosemite Falls Trail - Easy

Lower Yosemite Fallsr

Lower Yosemite Falls Trail is another popular hike among for visitors. Take the 1.2-mile trek to see the falls up close. The trail is flat, making it great for families, and it's dog-friendly—dogs must be on leash! 

Tuolumne River Trail - Easy

The Tuolumne River Trail is a great 2.3-mile hike through the Yosemite wilderness that ends with a beautiful view of the Tuolumne River. It's not as crowded as other trails in the park, and great for families. Dogs aren't allowed on the trail. 

Tenya Lake Trail - Easy

See the crystal clear waters of Tenya Lake, beautiful wilderness and stunning mountains when you walk the Tenya Lake Trail. It's a 3.4-mile hike with little incline. Be sure to be prepared to cross the river along the trail. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. 

Taft Point and the Fissure Trail - Moderate

The Fissures Taft Point

Hikers are rewarded with a breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley on the Taft Point and the Fissure Trail. It's a 2.3-mile trek that goes slightly downhill from the parking lot—meaning you'll be doing some uphill hiking on the way out. Be mindful of the fissures as you walk and be sure to watch your step. Dogs are not allowed on the trail. 

Sentinel Dome - Moderate

Sentinel Dome

Near Taft Point, you can also hike Sentinel Dome. This 2.2-mile hike offers a 360-degree view of El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. No dogs are allowed on this trail.